Well that was quick! Kevin Hart has just announced that he’s stepping down as host of the 2019 Oscars.
The actor-comedian made the announcement on Twitter late Thursday, which included an apology to the LGBTQ community, after his past anti-gay comments resurfaced following Tuesday’s news that he would emcee next year’s Academy Awards.
“This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” Hart wrote. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Hart’s decision to step down came just hours after he posted a message addressing the backlash he received over tweets and a homophobic joke he made in his 2010 stand up special Seriouly Funny.
Hart said he had grown and no longer mad those kind of jokes and hopes people could focus on positivity instead of his past.
He also said he got a call from the Academy asking that he apology and he declined.
“So, I just got a call from the Academy,” Hart said in a video posted to Instagram. “That call basically said ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or were going to have to move on and find another host.’ Talking about the tweets from 2009-2010 […] I passed on the apology.”
Unfortunately while many supported his decision to stand his ground others on Twitter felt he should have just apologized.
What do you think? Was Hart’s initially post addressing the controversy good enough?